Capitalism vs. Nature

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2018 on the state of climate change, its impending effects, and proposals for mitigation and adaptation. (The full report spans several chapters, but DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group put together a short summary for DSA members.) The planet has already begun warming, but the IPCC’s report urges radical action …

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water we all rely on for survival, threatens the very future of global humanity. The stakes could not be higher.  We had hoped the UN’s creation of the Permanent Forum and passage …

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalitiesm, by Alycee Lane in Common Dreams March 21, 2019  For most of the 20th century, these communities could not participate equally with the white majority in direct and indirect fossil fuel consumption. (Photo:Pinterest) Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green …

More reason to steer away from tipping points. Factcheck finds much of the future warming in the Arctic will depend on our emissions over the 21st century

UN Report Warns ‘Locked In’ Arctic Temperature Spikes Will Unleash Global Sea Level Rise: “We have the science; now more urgent climate action is needed to steer away from tipping points that could be even worse for our planet than we first thought.” Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, March 14, 2019  A section of a glacier is seen from NASA’s Operation IceBridge research aircraft …

Re-Inhabiting Planet Earth: “the hardest challenges will be about how to alter our political and economic systems”

Re-Inhabiting Planet Earth: What may be history’s ultimate moment of human arrogance: the belief in a sense of separateness from and superiority to nature so thorough that we have, with our monstrous intelligence, the ability and therefore the right to play Bad God and make the whole planet go poof  Robert C. Koehler, Common Dreams, March 07, 2019 The nuclear era …

Former defense leaders warn White House it’s ‘dangerous’ to downplay climate change

Former defense leaders warn White House it’s ‘dangerous’ to downplay climate change, NPR A group of 58 former military and national security officials have written to Donald Trump to warn against his plans for a committee to dispute administration climate change assessments, reports NPR. The letters says: “It is dangerous to have national security analysis conform to politics. Our officials’ …

Coal Ash Contaminates Groundwater at 91% of U.S. Coal Plants, Tests Show: An analysis of water monitoring reports found unsafe levels of toxic substances near hundreds of coal ash sites, many of them in the Midwest and Southeast + Now Flooding!

Major victory for environment as Duke Energy ordered to clean up toxic coal ash: Advocates hailed the announcement as “one of the most important steps in the state’s history.” News flash: April 12:  Duke Energy is challenging a state order to excavate coal ash from all of its power plant sites in North Carolina. This is the latest step in a long-running …

Increasing catastrophes linked to climate change could triple losses on property investments over the next 30 years

Insurers Worry a Financial Crisis May Come From Climate Risks, by William Wilkes, Bloomberg.com, February 22, 2019 Property values may slump as global temperatures increase Record costs for disasters in 2017 and 2018 hit insurers Insurers are increasingly worried that rising temperatures will lead to a slump in property values that could spark broader financial turmoil. Those were the conclusions a …

Doubling of Arctic methane with earlier spring rains from warming in the Arctic

Arctic Bogs Hold Another Global Warming Risk That Could Spiral Out of Control: As warming brings earlier spring rains in the Arctic, more permafrost thaws, releasing more methane in a difficult-to-stop feedback loop, research shows. By Phil McKenna Inside Climate News, FEB 19, 2019 The study appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. A doubling of the rate of methane released in the Arctic …